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Full text of "A history of Persia"

QUOTATION FROM THE KORAN.
(From a MS. in the British Museum.)

CHAPTER XLV

THE   FLIGHT  TO   MEDINA  AND   THE   ESTABLISHMENT   OF
ISLAM       /-
0 true believers, take not my enelny1 and your enemy for your friends,
showing kindness toward them ; since they believe not in the truth which
hath come unto you, having expelled the apostle and yourselves from your
native city, because ye believe in God, your Lord.—The Koran.
The Hijra, or "Flight" to Medina, A.D. 622.—The
claims of Mohamed made but slow progress as the years
passed. The enmity of the Kureish was so intense that
for two or three years they placed the Hashimite section
of the tribe under a ban and refused to have any dealings
with them ; and the Prophet had the misfortune to lose
by death not only the faithful Khadija but also Abu Talib,
whose unswerving support of his nephew, although he
himself remained an idolater, affords a fine testimony to
the nobility of both.
Shortly after the death of Khadija, Mohamed attempted
to convert the men of neighbouring Tayif, but the mission
was a complete failure. He left the city, pursued by the
rabble, and returned to Mecca hopeless as to the future.
But brighter days were in store, for his teaching had made
so deep an impression on pilgrims from Medina that the
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